A Leap of Faith

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By Jon Rohr

A first step in a new direction can be frightening. Just think about a few of those first steps we take in life. As a child, stepping onto the school bus by ourselves may be exciting, but it can also be terrifying. I can remember a little thrill of concern each year as the new school year would draw close.
Or what about joining the military? I signed up, volunteered, but taking those first steps onto the plane that would take me to boot camp was intimidating. Then there is that first real job. Heading out to start work and wondering what the day will bring can be a little daunting. And of course we’ve all heard of wedding day jitters. Maybe you suffered through a little doubt before you took that plunge. Those first steps, those changes in life course are often voluntary. I haven’t heard of many shotgun weddings recently. And let’s face it, most of us want to get to work and start bringing home a paycheck.
But the fact is, even as much as we prepare, those course changes lead us into unexplored territory. We usually hope we know what we are getting into, but we rarely know for sure. So we take a leap of faith and dive in.
Some people belittle faith, but we practice faith every day. The fact is, we never have all the answers, but we move ahead anyway. And the same is true of our faith in the Lord. I’ve talked to people, maybe you have too, who say they need more evidence. But creation itself is evidence of God’s handiwork. History declares the truth of Christ and his powerful effect on the world. Churches everywhere stand as living evidence of the hand of God at work in the world.
The Bible tells us that, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV) We have plenty of evidence, but finally it comes down to taking that leap of faith. And a leap of faith into the arms of Jesus is a sure thing. Jumping into a new job, you hope you have a good boss. Leaping into marriage, you hope your spouse truly loves you. But trusting in Jesus is a sure thing. He loves you so much he died for you.
That leap of faith can be a little frightening, but remember, Jesus is on the other side. He promises that he will never let you go. Those first steps in life can be frightening, but they can also lead to amazing and wonderful things. Take that first step with Jesus and you won’t be disappointed. In fact, it will be more than you ever dreamed.